Grateful Dead Live at Autzen Stadium, U. of Oregon on 1994-06-17
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD (Nak700's)>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by neo_levo/candyman
- 2004-05-28 13:03:32
- Nakamichi 700's > DAT > CDR > EAC 0.9 beta 4 (secure) > CD Wave > mkwACT > SHN
- Eugene, OR
- Audience: Nakamichi 700's
- Transferred by
- Paul B.
Subject: I am on an amazing journey
Set 1 Highlights: BERTHA>GREATEST STORY. Not quite sure, but this Lazy River Road might be the best I've heard thus far in '94. THICK Wang Dang Doodle. Phil really lays it down this set. Jerry is wide-awake for Ramble on Rose. Beautiful delivery, that is until he tries to switch from the Mutron pedal to MIDI, and it fails. He gives up after missing the key solos, and then tanks the lyrics lol. Very good Black Throated Wind, but 3/25/94 is still the winner thus far.
Set 2 HIGHlights: Rain is back baby! Not the best I've heard though. Nice Eyes into Samba. Saint is quite good, with some cool MIDI effects thrown in by Phil (I think?). One of the best I've heard from the '90s. The rest is all very well-played, with a heady Drums>Space, Wheel>Attics (can you really go wrong there?), and perfect Throwing Stones>NFA. Very strong opener to the Oregon '94 run.
Set 2 - One of those "rain" sets...Eyes is fun, but for me Samba defines the flavor of what's going on here. And that's strange, too - I've always admired Vince's songs from a safe distance, but have never put a lot of weight on them. Maybe it's the combination of the lovely sound of this AUD, or the rain itself, whatever. Maybe it's because the band chooses to edge into drums with Saint of Circumstance. Whatever the case, I like this tune, and particularly here. Vince's songs certainly have held up better over the years than Brent's (IMHO).
The Wheel takes a good 3 minutes before the lyrics start, Attics is a tad quick, the rest is the rest, but NFA has some real fireworks.
So, a good show, nothing outrageous - some fun stuff here. As said, this recording is lovely - just listen to Phil sing Tom Thumb's Blues.
Subject: the Deal with Rain
But the reason I'm writing is to explain the deal with Rain. So the boys reaaaallyy took their time starting the second set. 45 minutes going on an hour kind of thing and the rain dappled crowd was getting impatient. So in response to the "Let's Go" vibe from the crowd Phil was all "hey we're a democratic band". That's what he was talking about on the crowd track here. Classic Stuff. And they launched into Rain, a Beatles song they were covering at the time. It's a terrific version complete with loud crunchy Jerry guitar. Woo-hoo.
Sweet little outro jam > after the Saint "rain falling down now". And yet another huge late-era drums > space and then yes The Wheel > Attics Of My Life. Another excellent sequence of songs and the natural, sensitive nature of the songs really gelled with the earthy Eugene vibe. Super good stuff.
Subject: This must be heaven...
As for the show its an above average 94 show, which aint sayin much. This show has some definate highlights but the second set on sunday(6-19) has the best that Eugene 94 had to offer.
First set is solid with Ramble on Rose, Black Throated Wind and the set closing Deal providing the highlights.
Second set is magic. When they came out after setbreak it seemed like they couldn't decide what to play. The crowd was getting restless so Phil walked up to the mic and said, "We're workin on it, we're workin on it. We're a democratic band...really" It was pretty humorous. At setbreak my freind called the Rain>Eyes opener, the only time they ever played this combo. This Rain is like a ray of pure light shining down from on high, the vibe in Autzen was through the roof. Good vibes just radiated out from the stage. My favorite version of Rain. The Eyes that follows is no 3-29-90 but it does nothing to stop to good vibes. Lots of mellow strumming and sparkling piano. Samba in the Rain was well recieved and fit the vibe perfectly. This is a really good Saint like someone pointed out below. Phil does this crazy sustained note thing during the jam that makes this a unique version. Marathon Drumz into a exquisite Wheel with an extended intro jam. A stunning Attics follows with the boys in fine voice. Average Throwing>NFA closes. US Blues was a disapiontment as they had played it just one show before in Seattle.
This is above average for summer 94 but Jerry is still a bit off at points and the highlights are most definately found in the second set. The Rain>Eyes and Saint>Drumz>Wheel>Attics are pure magic. Those moments were becoming rarer and rarer by this late date.
Decent Aud=3 stars
Rain>Eyes and Saint>Drumz>Wheel>Attics=4.5 stars
Rest of show=3 stars.
I'll give it 4 for 94.
Subject: Heaven on Earth!
By this point I had awakened enough to be on the bus full time & catching as many shows as possible. Coming from the Great Lakes I had heard of these legendary Eugene shows and the experience was more than I could even have imagined. I mean c'mon....even the cops here were Deadheads!
I seem to recall my Brother & I came across some very good tabs and well....the rest is historic eh!
Expansive...Magical....this run of shows.
Beautiful times....Beautiful people.
I sure do miss it.
Subject: Now that's Bass
Subject: My First Dead Show
But the biggest impact was the start of the 2nd set. I was up at the top of the stands (in front of a urinal, if you must know) and being a huge Beatles fan, when I heard "Rain" kick in I can't tell you how stoked I was. What a great song in itself, but the Dead couldn't have done a better job covering it. I remember running down the stairs singing along, when I spotted another guy doing the same and we high fived. I still get chills just listening to that track.
Subject: RAAAAAAAAAAIN...I DON'T MIND
During the break was when things started getting noticeably weirder (what's new, right?). It was a pretty steady drizzle at that point, and those flags were waving around the top of the bowl, birds were swirling all around the place checking to see what all the excitement was about. Time was definitely standing still, and what was going on inside that stadium was definitely NOT connected to the world around it. We were somewhere else.
After the break, the boys came out, I remember Phil blowing a kiss to the clouds, and they all grabbed their instruments and just kind of huddled up in Jerry's area. They all kept discussing the next play, and looking up into the stands (and at the rain), and Jer was smiling and grabbing his beard. Phil blurted something out about how they were getting to it, and then they took their positions and, in unison, all started singing RAIN. Angels could not have sung a more perfect or powerful melody. It blew everyone away. That word at that moment changed my life, and I have a feeling I wasn't the only one. Fucking amazing show from there on out.
Be sure to check out the extended intro on The Wheel out of space. Still my favorite Wheel of all time for that reason. Bob is to this version what he is to that jam between Alligator and GDTRFB from Fillmore East. Beautiful things were happening in that stadium during that song.
And the Attics.......
I mean, wow. I was on a one way ticket to heaven at that point. I didn't even notice that the transition from TStones to Not Fade Away was like someone walking into a closed sliding glass door. it was just ON, for me.
Get this show. It's one of the best of the later years, and we all know we need a little of that now and again.
Subject: Eugene shows
Subject: good sound
Subject: go OJ go!
I remember walking up front for the post-drums portion and thinking that the sound was about the best I'd ever heard. As for the music...well, pretty good for '94.
Subject: peaceful rain
Subject: yohoho and a bottle of rum
Subject: sun shower!
Subject: Fun Rain
readers must be sick of me by now. but, shit god damn, this was an awesome day: camping scene, country fair still to come, coffee, greens, rain?, who cares. well, THEY cared. this version of rain is no joke. in fact, besides the saint and space->wheel, rain IS this entire show. get it for the vibe, i can't explain its presence, but it is present.
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